Speakers and Panel

Rob Hanson (ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science)

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Hugh Mackay (social researcher and author)

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Father Aloysious Mowe SJ ( Director of Advocacy and Communications, Jesuit Refugee Service, Rome)

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Prof Peter Singer (Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University)

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Amna Karra-Hassan (Australian Federal Police)

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Michael Parker (Headmaster of Oxley College, NSW)

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Dr Ari Lander (Sydney Jewish Museum)

John Cleary (ABC Radio Broadcaster)

Interfaith Panel

Amna Karra-Hassan is an activist and advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender parity. She works for the Australian Federal Police in the Reform, Culture and Standards portfolio which is responsible for engaging the workforce in cultural change. Amna is also the Founder and President of the Auburn Giants Australian Football Club and has pioneered programs for women of minority communities in Western Sydney. She uses her influence to change the conversation on gender, culture, faith and representation.


Rabbi Zalman Kastel is National Director of the Multi-Faith based Together for Humanity Foundation. Its focus is on improving intercultural understanding and respect for differences of belief in schools and communities. He was ordained as a Rabbi after study in the UK, Australia and the US and completed a Graduate Diploma in Education with the University of New England at Armidale. The focus of his writing is on ethical issues as they intersect with Orthodox Judaism and/or interfaith cross-cultural bridge building. Racism, inter-religious relations, Islam, the full-face veil, conflict, and homosexuality are some of the issues explored in his writing.

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Fr Aloysious A. Mowe SJ is International Director of Advocacy and Communications for the Jesuit Refugee Service, based in Rome. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1983, and was ordained a priest in 1996. He was a tutor in Classical Arabic and Islamic History at the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute, and worked as director of research at the Middle-Eastern Graduates Centre in Malaysia. He served as a weekend parish associate in a parish church outside Oxford, UK, for 8 years, and worked as a hospital chaplain in New York for 5 months.

Fr Mowe was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he gave lectures on Islamic Law, and became a regular contributor to media discussions about Islam. He graduated with a degree in Divinity from the University of London, and went on to study medieval theology, Islamic history, and Islamic law, at the University of Oxford. He also has degrees in philosophy and Arabic.


Ven Tencho recently retired after eight years as Director of Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in the Blue Mountains. She was ordained as a Buddhist Nun in 1998. She lived and studied in Nepal and India for two-and-a-half years before completing seven years of formal Buddhist philosophy training at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland. Prior to ordination, her background was Radio and Theatre production and Theatre/Arts work with women and youth in prison and juvenile justice systems.